Fearless 2017 Round 23 – Who Wants to Play Finals?

FEARLESS 2017 Rd 23 – who wants to play finals? Dons…check…Eagles…check…Demons…mmm!

 

In the style of Ron Burgundy, the legend will live on for AFL favourites Luke Hodge, Matty Boyd and Bob Murphy who checked out en masse on Friday at Etihad as the Hawks and Dogs squared off…Josh Gibson likewise in the stands, as the Hawks snuffed any faint Dogs’ hopes of making the 8. 5 goal haul to Hawk skipper Roughy , O’Meara 25, triple chairlift a suitable farewell. Hawks by 9pts. Doggone!!

 

The Dees emphatically answered the question as to whether they wanted to take the opportunity presented to play finals footy in 2017. For the fans however, it was an emphatic no, much to the chagrin of the MCG members. A 32pt Magpies lead at qtr time shone light on Bucks’ coaching chances but exposed a gaping mental frailty in the Demons. Magpies by 16pts..nervous wait for the Demons.

 

At the Gabba on Saturday the great tanking furphy was hopefully put to permanent rest. Both North and Brisbane had said it was about creating a winning culture. The Lions started as such with 5.0 in the first to a wayward 1.8. The yips reverted to the Lions in the 2nd with 0.5 and after the main break, the Roos stamped their authority led by the pale skinned ranga forward Ben Brown with 7. Roos 51pts.

 

Buddy outscored the Blues ultimately on Saturday at the SCG. 10 goals to 8.9 by game’s end and then only kicking away after the 1 /2. Carlton trailed by only 6pts before the half and looked dangerous. Bolton’s Baby Blues faded away to end the season on a lesser note than deserved. The Swans, however, looked the goods for deep September, running riot to win by 80pts. Boekhorst 3 goals.

 

Yet another finals preview took place at the Cattery. This time the visiting GWS took the field at Geelong and from the outset, the Cats called the shots. Even without skipper Selwood, Cats onballers Menegola, Danger and Duncan collected stats at will while their much vaunted opponents chased tail. Menegola 3, doubled up forward with the Tomahawk settling back in. GWS Ward 37. Cats by 44pts.

 

Gold Coast really should’ve worn orange, the same colour as witches hats, for their Adelaide debacle against the Power form Port. That Port won by 115pts says how lopped sided the game was. That the Suns kicked 3.2 says much about desire (to return home). That the Suns’ players want a say in their new coach is laughable. If that was an audition… don’t call back! Power finals’ finetuning. Sam Gray 6.

 

Woosha’s Windy Hill wunderkinds had to hold their nerve to beat a dispirited Dockers in order to make the finals. That the Dockers got to within 8pts in the last would’ve given the Red and Black Army a jittery few moments but two goals worked better than a calming alcoholic bevo..Is Dons Is Finals Bound. Freo is a nice place for Mad Monday once Mad Ross completes exit interviews. Dons 15pts.

 

Slim was the best way to describe the Saints finals chances. Mathemathical was another way. For the footy realist though, most would’ve said non-existent. The Saints took on the Tigers at the G, knowing full well the earlier 67pt demolition of rd16 wouldn’t be repeated. Jacob Townsend’s Wonder World aired for a 2nd time with 5, combining with the Tiger forwards nicely. Tigers by 41. Hoo-Roo St.Nick.

 

West Coast took to Domain Stadium for the last time, knowing that a win over the top-placed Crows by over 19pts earns a finals’ berth, albeit interstate. The Dee-mons faithful watched in earnest/in fear. Adelaide strangely didn’t look fussed if they lost. Credit to the Eagles. As their % fluctuated, heroes Jetta and Darling ensured it was a great way to leave the ground. WCE 8th by .49%, home by 29pts.

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